Domenico Cutaia

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Domenico "Danny" Cutaia (born November 22, 1936 East New York, Brooklyn) is a Brooklyn mafioso and a caporegime in the Lucchese crime family.[1]

Background[edit]

Cutaia's son Salvatore Cutaia and son-in-law John Baudanza, who married his daughter Danielle, are both Lucchese soldiers. Cutaia is also related through marriage to Colombo crime family associate Carmine Baudanza and Angelina Baudanza, the parents of John, Lucchese crime family associate Gerard DeGeolamo, who is related to his mother Nina Cutaia and cousin James DeGeolamo, Lucchese crime family capos Michael "Mickey Bones" Corcione and Michael's younger brother Alexander Corcione and seven other Lucchese and Colombo crime family associates. He is also the grandfather of Lucchese crime family associate Joseph "Joseph DeGerolamo" Cutaia, the son of Salvatore Cutaia. Danny Cutaia stands at 5'10 and weighs 180 pounds, and has brown eyes and gray hair.

Mob activities[edit]

Cutia in an FBI surveillance photo.

A former bodyguard and chauffeur for Lucchese capo Paul Vario, Cutaia was a member of the Al D'Arco's crew. Cutaia soon had his own crew in Brooklyn. He eventually became a leader in the Brooklyn faction after mobsters George Conte, George Zappola, and Frank "Bones" Papagni were sent to prison. In 1990, acting boss, Alphonse "Little Al" D'Arco, appointed Cutaia to the "Lucchese Construction Panel", run by capos Dominic Truscello and Steven Crea.

In 1995, Cutaia was indicted on charges of loansharking, racketeering and extorition. In 1996, Cutaia pleaded guilty to making extortionate extensions of credit and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. In 2002, Cutaia was again indicted on the same charge. He pleaded guilty again and was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised parole.[1]

In August 2005, Cutaia, was released from prison. His parole terms banned him from communicating with family members until August 2008. However, in January 2007 it was reported that Cutaia was the primary liaison between jailed boss Vittorio "Vic" Amuso and three capos, Aniello "Neil" Migliore, Joseph "Joey Dee" DiNapoli and Matthew Madonna, who were running the Lucchese crime family.[1]

Prison[edit]

On February 28, 2008, Cutaia, his son Salvatore, his son-in-law John, and former acting capo Corcione were indicted on federal racketeering charges for activities dating back to the 1980s. These charges included loansharking, extortionate collection of credit, extortion, marijuana distribution conspiracy, illegal gambling, bank fraud, and mail fraud.[2]

On October 25, 2009, Cutaia was sentenced to three years in federal prison for bank fraud. At the sentencing, Cutaia's attorney asked the court for home confinement, saying that Cutaia suffered from depression and advanced multiple sclerosis. Cutaia's request was denied.[3] He was released on October 4, 2013.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Domenico Cutaia Exclusion List State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  2. ^ "EIGHT LUCHESE ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILY MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES INDICTED FOR RACKETEERING AND OTHER OFFENSES" Department of Justice Press Release February 28, 2008
  3. ^ "No sympathy for sick mobster; judge throws the book at him" New York Daily News October 24, 2009
  4. ^ "BOP: Federal Bureau of Prisons Web Site"